Updated: February 13, 2013 12:49 AM | By FOX Sports

MLB on FOX returns for 18th season

FOX Sports' MLB on FOX returns for its 18th season in April.


FOX Sports' MLB on FOX returns for its 18th season in April.

The FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week features a 24-week schedule, including eight consecutive weeks of primetime coverage for the second consecutive year, leading to the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, live on FOX from Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

MLB on FOX regional coverage debuts on April 6 with a three-game schedule that features rematches of both 2012 League Championship Series and a key AL West showdown: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers.

Every US-based team will make at least one appearance this season, and at least one at home during the primetime stretch, which begins in late May.

Primetime coverage begins May 25 with five contests: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets; Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros; and Miami Marlins vs. Chicago White Sox.

The primetime schedule also includes more interleague games on June 15, June 22 and June 29 and culminates on July 13 with five games, including an NL Central battle between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

In all, MLB on FOX will present 11 interleague games on eight dates.

The first of this season’s record five Yankees-Red Sox clashes schedule will be televised on June 1. The AL East rivals also square off on July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

The Nationals, Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds are each scheduled to make a maximum nine appearances on FOX, while the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers are scheduled for eight appearances. As always, the final two Saturdays of the regular season are yet to be determined, allowing FOX Sports and MLB to choose games that have postseason implications.

In October, FOX Sports Media Group and Major League Baseball reached an eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that keeps FOX as MLB’s national broadcast television home through 2021.

In addition to its regular-season coverage and the 84th MLB All-Star Game, FOX will broadcast the American League Championship Series and the 109th World Series.

Eric Shanks and John Entz are FOX Sports’ Executive Producers. Don Bui serves as coordinating pregame producer. Pete Macheska is coordinating producer of FOX Sports’ MLB coverage. Bill Webb is lead director.

(Note: Schedule subject to change, times refer to on-air)

April 6 (3:30 p.m. ET) — NYY vs. DET, STL vs. SF, LAA vs. TEX

April 13 (12:30 p.m. ET) — TB vs. BOS, SF vs. CHC, ATL vs. WAS

April 20 (2:30 p.m. ET) — MIN vs. CWS, DET vs. LAA, WAS vs. NYM

April 27 (12:30 p.m. ET) — ATL vs. DET, PHI vs. NYM, CIN vs. WAS

May 4 (3:30 p.m. ET) — BAL vs. LAA, STL vs. MIL, WAS vs. PIT

May 18 (3:30 p.m. ET) — TB vs. BAL, CWS vs. LAA, CIN vs. PHI

May 25 (7 p.m. ET) — MIA vs. CWS, OAK vs. HOU, STL vs. LAD, ATL vs. NYM, PHI vs. WAS

June 1 (7 p.m. ET) — WAS vs. ATL, ARI vs. CHC, BOS vs. NYY, CIN vs. PIT, SF vs. STL

June 8 (7 p.m. ET) — LAA vs. BOS, STL vs. CIN, SD vs. COL, HOU vs. KC, PHI vs. MIL

June 15 (7 p.m. ET) — WAS vs. CLE, CWS vs. HOU, NYY vs. LAA, DET vs. MIN, SEA vs. OAK

June 22 (7 p.m. ET) — CIN vs. ARI, MIN vs. CLE, BOS vs. DET, LAD vs. SD, TEX vs. STL

June 29 (7 p.m. ET) — NYY vs. BAL, MIL vs. PIT, CHC vs. SEA, DET vs. TB, CIN vs. TEX

July 6 (7 p.m. ET) — NYM vs. MIL, ATL vs. PHI, LAD vs. SF, CWS vs. TB, HOU vs. TEX

July 13 (7 p.m. ET) — STL vs. CHC, TEX vs. DET, COL vs. LAD, WAS vs. MIA, NYM vs. PIT

July 16 (7:30 p.m. ET) — 2013 MLB All-Star Game from Citi Field in Flushing, NY

July 20 (3:30 p.m. ET) — NYY vs. BOS, ATL vs. CWS, PIT vs. CIN

July 27 (2:30 p.m. ET) — STL vs. ATL, LAA vs. OAK, NYM vs. WAS

Aug. 3 (3:30 p.m. ET) — LAD vs. CHC, TEX vs. OAK, ATL vs. PHI

Aug. 10 (3:30 p.m. ET) — MIN vs. CWS, TB vs. LAD, BAL vs. SF

Aug. 17 (3:30 p.m. ET) — NYY vs. BOS, SF vs. MIA, ARI vs. PIT

Aug. 24 (3:30 p.m. ET) — OAK vs. BAL, BOS vs. LAD, DET vs. NYM

Sept. 7 (12:30 p.m. ET) — MIL vs. CHC, LAD vs. CIN, BOS vs. NYY

Sept. 14 (12:30 p.m. ET) — NYY vs. BOS, CIN vs. MIL, OAK vs. TEX

Sept. 21 (12:30 p.m. ET) — TBD

Sept. 28 (12:30 p.m. ET) — TBD

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